Posts Categorized: Conservation News

Congratulations to Hawaii for stepping up to outlaw shark finning

Hawaii becomes the first state (hopefully, the first of 50) to officially outlaw the possession of shark fins. 32% of open ocean shark species are in danger of extinction due to overfishing of sharks, primarily for the delicacy, “shark fin soup”. To read the entire story, go to: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1992876,00.html To see videos that should inspire […]

Norway to provide Indonesia with $1 billion to protect rainforests

Norway will provide up to $1 billion to Indonesia to help reduce deforestation and forest degradation, reports The Jakarta Post. The agreement comes two years after Norway pledged $1 billion to Brazil for reducing Amazon deforestation. Norway has also committed funds to Guyana, Tanzania, and six Congo Basin countries under its International Climate and Forest […]

Senate Gets a Climate and Energy Bill, Modified by a Gulf Spill That Still Grows

The bill’s overall goal is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 17 percent (compared with 2005 levels) by 2020, and by 83 percent by 2050. The targets match those in a House bill passed last year and in the Obama administrations announced policy goal. The sponsors rewrote the section on offshore oil drilling in recent days […]

NOAA: Oil Tendril ‘Likely’ Headed Into Loop Current

A “small portion” of oil sheen from the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has entered the powerful “Loop Current,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Wednesday. The Loop Current could carry the oil down to the Florida Keys and even up the U.S. East Coast. To see the full […]

In wake of white shark’s death, Aquarium launches "Must Love Sharks" campaign.

A female great white shark found tangled in a fish net near Baja, California on Tuesday, May 11th turned out to be a shark the Monterey Bay Aquarium successfully kept on exhibit for 69 days before re-releasing into the wild. She was simply known as Number 5, and she was the fifth juvenile great white […]

Jamaica-sized Oil Spill Threatens the Gulf Coast

The oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the coast today, threatening fragile fisheries and wildlife along the Gulf Coast. The oil spill, which is oozing 200,000 gallons per day, is the aftermath of the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20th which then sank two days […]

Oil spill the size of Jamaica threatens the Gulf Coast.

The oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the coast today, threatening fragile fisheries and wildlife along the Gulf Coast. The oil spill, which is oozing 200,000 gallons per day, is the aftermath of the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20th which then sank two days […]

India Steps Up to Protect its Tigers

A new tracking system has been implemented in India to help track endangered tigers. Officials are cracking down on “lazy” wildlife guards who’ve been known to invent tiger survey data, instead of going out into the field. The new tracking program will help prevent this malpractice and hopefully help cut down on poaching. With Indian […]

Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time

March, 30, 2010 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday. The proposal — a compromise that will please […]